Ex-judge Yolanda King guilty of filing false records, forging election documents

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - A jury on Tuesday found former Orleans Parish Juvenile Court Judge Yolanda King guilty of filing false public records and forging election documents.

King was accused of claiming in official documents that she lived in New Orleans, while the state said she actually lives in St. Tammany and had had a homestead exemption there since 2006.

King denies any wrongdoing.

A private investigator testified that he witnessed King leave the St. Tammany address on several mornings. The chief deputy of the St. Tammany assessor's office also testified about the homestead exemption. He testified that she asked to have it removed in 2013, but prosecutors claimed that only happened after allegations surfaced against King.

King's attorney, Clarence Roby, claims she did live in New Orleans and had a New Orleans driver's license. He said the case was based on nothing more than nasty politics and retaliation by one of King's opponents in the 2013 race.

King faces up to seven years in prison and a $7,000 fine. She'll be sentenced on Dec. 3.

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